Akron City Council approves resolution supporting ban on 'military assault-style weapons'

Tara Mosley-Samples introduced a resolution urging the state to pass legislation banning assault weapons.

AKRON -- Akron City Council voted to approve a resolution urging state lawmakers to a ban military assault-style weapons, high capacity magazines and bump stocks.

Akron City Council member Tara Mosley-Samples, who is also running alongside Dennis Kucinich in the state governor's race, presented the resolution to the public safety committee and city council on Monday.

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On Monday night, city council voted 12-2 in favor of the resolution. The resolution makes a public statement from the city to urge the state to ban military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks that can turn a semi-automatic rifle into a fully automatic weapon.

Samples first introduced the resolution in front of the five-member public safety committee Monday afternoon, which was voted down 3-2 before it moved to city council. Council members Donnie Kammer and Bob Hoch voted against the resolution, pointing out the timing of the introduction.

"Someone’s getting her name out there for the upcoming election," committee chairman and council member Donnie Kammer said. "I just think it's wrong to use this council chambers for that platform."

Council member Veronica Sims issued a rebuttal to Kammer's statement.

"I guess I’m taken back, personally, that there would be some suggestion of collusion that I partake in some political wrangling because I want to advance someone’s career," Sims said. "That's a personal insult to me. This is about our children."

Akron Public Safety Committee votes down (3-2) the resolution proposed by Tara Mosley-Samples to support a statewide legislation on a ban of military-style assault weapons, large capacity magazines. Resolution will be introduced to the full city council tonight at 7. @wkyc pic.twitter.com/2CE5yFWAyi

— Amani Abraham (@AmaniAbraham) February 26, 2018

Immediately after the committee voted down the resolution, another resolution was introduced in support of expressing the city’s "heartfelt sympathies" to the tragedy that left 17 people dead in Florida at ta school school shooting tragedy in Florida that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The resolution passed in front of the committee.

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"To turn around and pass a resolution that says 'sorry that happened, but I’m not going to do anything about, I'm just sorry that's going to happen,'" Sims said. "I think that’s what our young people are saying, ‘I’m tired of prayers, do something.'"

Both resolutions passed at Akron City Council Monday night.

About a week ago, Kucinich and Samples held a rally in Cleveland to push for the statewide ban of assault weapons.